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“Everyone loved and enjoyed her. She made a lot of people happy. I miss her. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Ed Wogan - Middleburgh, NY

“I am sad to say I only Knew Erna for the last 3 years of her life. She was a very special person, especially the way she looked at life. She never...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Gannon - middleburgh, NY

“For Irmgard, Brigitte and your families. Loss of a loved one, especially your Mother, is always difficult and one for which you can never be fully...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Joe Shufelt - Ballston Spa, NY

“Please accept our condolences in the passing of your dear mother. I will certainly treasure her wonderful stories that brought back such great...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Enders Magee - Dunedin, FL

“My condolences to Brigitte, Irmgard, and all of thier families. Your mom was very special indeed. I always enjoyed her cheerful attitude. I still...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Brian Peterson - Clearwater, FL, FL

“Irmgard, Brigitte, and Family, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Friedhilde Cornelissen - Holland, MI

“Dear Irmgard and Family,we are verry sorry to hear about Tante Erna.Wir wünschen Euch viel Kraft über die Trauerzeit.I am relatetd:Hedwig...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Carmen Lane geb.Lautenbacher Germany

“You have left us with such a hole in our hearts. We will always be grateful for the moments and wonderful times especially our evenings at the...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Brigitte & John Albers - NY

“May you rest in peace Dear Omie! You will be missed by all you have touched. We were fortunate to know you; I think of your advice every day, esp. ...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Eileen Ostrander - Angelica, NY

“We have so many positive memories of "Omi" that we will always treasure. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with the entire family, especially...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Arleen and Manny Nussbaum - NJ

“Who lives upon in the thougts of beloved is not dead, is just far; dead is just who will be forgotten. Dear Brigitte, Irmgard & Family, My...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Gerd Braun

“You will always be in my heart ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Irmgard


Livingstonville- Erna Olbert peacefully passed away at home on January 26, 2013. She was born in Heidelsheim, Germany, on September 19, 1919, a daughter of Ernst Rudolf and Luise Margarete Jaeger.

Erna attended and graduated from a Catholic Convent School in Bruschsal, Germany, where she received her associate degree in pediatric nursing. She immigrated to the United States in 1937, where she met and married her husband, Henry Olbert. Erna excelled in preparing specialty German dinner and desserts for family and friends. An accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, and making handmade quilts. Her hand knitted socks were a welcomed and cherished family gift. She had an incredible sense of humor and always taught the value of hard work, perseverance, honesty, and family. An excellent story teller and family historian, she verbally passed on the rich history of her family and friends, both in Germany and this country, to her children and grandchildren. She was a dedicated companion and playmate to her two daughters. She never refused a game or a hike in the park or woods.

Erna worked for many years as a laboratory assistant at The Rockefeller University for Medical Research in New York City before retirement. During her retirement years, she and her husband enjoyed their homes in Livingstonville, NY and Clearwater, FL.

Erna was predeceased by her husband in 2006. She was also predeceased by her parents and three brothers: Paul, Henry, and Armin.

She is survived by a sister: Paula Schroth in Germany, as well as her two daughters: Brigitte (John) Albers and Irmgard (Edward) Wogan; and grandchildren: John (Judy) Albers, II, Jeff (Linda) Albers, Edward (Susan) Wogan, Eileen (Dave) Ostrander, Mary Ellen Wogan, and James (Mindy) Wogan; and great-grandchildren: Jasmine and Jenna Albers, Logan and Austin Albers, Brian Mayville, Ryan, Amanda, and Erin Ostrander, Jake and Molly Wogan.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh and Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.